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Worldwide Food Menu: Ramen in Japan

Miso Ramen in Japan

Japan is a foodie’s dream. Though traveling large cities like Tokyo and Osaka can become expensive fast, nobody traveling this country will complain about the taste of the food. With so much to offer, from sushi and sashimi to noodles and rice dishes, Japan is one of the best places to discover new tastes. Today, we are going to dive into one of Japan’s noodle dishes. Ramen What is ramen?…

Must See Travel Destinations: Narita, Japan

So-mon, The Main Gate to Naritisan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

Destination Name: Narita Country: Japan Destination Type: Cultural How to Get There: Narita has its own airport. Cost: Our tour was free with the Narita Transit Program. The train cost us 500 Yen each round trip, renting the kimono cost us 500 Yen each, and lunch cost us 1500 Yen each. In total, our trip cost us each 2500 Yen (the equivalent to $25 USD). Duration: The tour we went…

Worldwide Food Menu: Fugu or Pufferfish, the Food That Can Kill You in Japan

Fugu or Pufferfish in Osaka, Japan

Food is a primary reason we travel. Not only can it be delicious, but it also tells a story. It gives us information on the history and the different ingredients that are readily available throughout the country. Food tells us a lot about the country without having to directly speak to us. It is an important piece to the puzzle of culture. But how willing are you to try a…

Worldwide Travel Attractions: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

Attraction: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple Where: Narita, Japan Type: Culture / Architecture How: We went on a tour through the Narita Transit Program which is in the Narita airport. You can take a subway from the Narita train station to Keisei-Narita station. From there it is about a 5-10 minute walk. Cost: Free entry onto the grounds of the temple. Hours: 8AM – 4PM Duration: Walking the grounds of the temple…

Worldwide Travel Photo: So-mon Main Gate to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

So-mon, The Main Gate to Naritisan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

Location: Narita, Japan Photographer: Michael Pletz Background Information: Touring Narita, Japan was an interesting and opportunistic time that we had during our short stay in the city. Thanks to the Narita Transit Program, we were able to make light of a bad situation. From sleeping in the airport to going on a three to four hour tour for free. The time we spent in the city was eventful to say…

Wearing a Kimono in Narita, Japan

Japanese Kimono in Narita, Japan

To be able to participate in another people’s culture is very humbling. To be accepted as one in the same and to allow you to show you their customs is one of the main reasons we travel. We love to see the lives of others around the world, how they live, and to get to understand their ways of life. When we unexpectedly landed in Narita, Japan, our goal was…

Worldwide Food Menu: Takoyaki in Japan

Takoyaki in Japan

Countries have different foods that their origin is attributed to. Food tells the story of that country’s culture. What is in it tells us what is widely available in that country and what that country likes to eat. There is a story behind every dish a country serves. Are you a fan of seafood? Do you like batter? Do you prefer your food scorching hot? These are the qualities you…

Japanese Tea Ceremony Etiquette

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony in Narita, Japan

Traditions are an interesting part of a country’s culture. A strong enough tradition can become ingrained into the life of those it touches. With the help of the younger generations that follow, the hope is that these traditions will remain a piece of unforgotten history that gives the country its identity. During our impromptu trip to Narita, Japan, we were fortunate enough to partake in one of these traditions of…

Worldwide Travel Photo: Three-Storied Pagoda in the Naritisan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

Three-Storied Pagoda in Naritisan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

Location: Narita, Japan Photographer: Michael Pletz Background Information: Our four hour tour in Narita, Japan was a chance opportunity. What began as a horrible situation, having to sleep in the airport, ended with an incredible opportunity to experience the city. Guided by two volunteer tour guides, we went on a tour just two subway stops from the airport. Our tour took us down a winding road lined with restaurants and…

Sleeping in an Airport

Taking Flight Going Traveling

Have you ever been on an airplane, two hours into a nine hour flight, watching a movie, enjoying a drink, and being told by the captain through the intercom that there is a maintenance issue with the plane. That is exactly what happened on our flight from Sapporo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii. We were told that we were thirty minutes from landing in Narita, Japan. The captain expected no difficulty…

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